We are the only church to be dedicated to St Eata but there is very little known about this saint.
Eata, Abbot of Mailros (Melrose), was a gentle man and greatly revered. In 664 AD he was appointed Abbot of Lindesfarne after the Synod of Whitby decided that the local Northumbrian Church, English and Irish Celtic, would adopt the traditions of the universal Church and practice the Roman Rite, including the calculation for keeping Easter.
In 678 AD at York, Eata was consecrated Bishop of Bernicia, northern Northumbria, by Theodore of Canterbury. Eata served at Lindesfarne, but when Cuthbert was later nominated Bishop of Hexham, but wished to remain in Lindesfarne, Eata filled his place at Hexham.
Eata is one of many English saints who were canonised without suffering martyrdom.
Eata died in 686 of dysentery, and was buried to the south of the church at Hexham before being moved inside in the 11th Century.
His life was dedicated to the saving souls and to the Romanizing and Benedictinizing of his See.
His Saint's day is celebrated on 26th October.